Wisconsin Literacy is hosting a workforce training conference, Pathways to Employment: Prepa ring Wisconsin’s Job Seekers, on Friday, May 31, 2013 from 9:15 am until 3:15 pm at the Manpower Group Headquarters in Milwaukee.
The conference will focus on building better workforce training programs at literacy agencies, technical colleges, refugee agencies, community organizations and in the workplace for individuals with limited job skills and academic barriers to success.
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Refugee Education and Integration Services Center is a key partner in hosting the event and sponsoring the keynote speaker.
Jo Gusman, founder of New Horizons in Education, will deliver the keynote address on Diverse Brains, Diverse Learners: Understanding the Complex World of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Children and Adults The conference will also feature presentations including:
• A panel presentation on Transitioning Refugees/Immigrants to Education, Employment and Integration
• Jim Bartos from the Silver Springs Neighborhood Center, on Making Your Program a Pipeline to Employment
• Lois O’Mahoney and Marianne Zirkle, Independence First, o n Job Training Re sources for Beginning Level Learner
• Sofia Majid-Swanton, Waukesha County Technical College, on Transitioning Adult Basic Education Students to Post Secondary Training
• Song Xiong, Program Assistant, Math & Citizenship, International Learning Center, on Inter national Learning Center ESL Workforce Training Program and Job Shadowing
• Gloria Pitchford- Nicholas, Dean Milwaukee Area Technical College, School of Pre-College Education, on MATC’s Career Pathways RISE Initiative
• Employer ’ Panel including Site Staffing, Barbara Maszk; Amy Hansmann, DWD Job Service, Milwaukee; and La’Neka S. Horton Recruiter, Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission. The panel members will discuss What Employers Seek in Applicants
• Tracy Loken Weber, Executive Direct or, Milwaukee Achiever Literacy Services, on Milwaukee Achiever Workforce Training Programs
• Ann Beeson, New Readers Press, on Workforce Training and the 20 14 GED
• Carrie Hermanson, University of Wisconsin-Rock County, on Taking a BYTE out of Computer Literacy: A Community Collaborative Early Bird registration ($35 members, $50 no n- members) will run through May 10th. Regular registration ($45 members, $60 non-members) will run until May 22nd. To register or for more information visit www.wisconsinliteracy. org or call 608-257-1655